Their Eyes Were Watching Dog

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Having run afoul of public opinion, the international society of meteorologists (ISM) has decided to start using popular pet names.

“We figured it would avoid controversy,” said ISM head, Gene Ianesco.

This new choice has sparked immediate controversy, especially within ISM.

“Names that once sounded deadly will now instead sound kind of compensatory,” said P. Darlinquest, head nomenclator for ISM, who was opposed to the change from the start, thank you very much.

“Hurricanes like ‘Killer’ and ‘Destroyer of Worlds’ will obviously be associated with smaller hurricanes that make more noise and dampen the rug. However, gentler, calmer names like ‘Fluffy,’ ‘Pumpkin,’ and ‘Cuddles’ will likely be met with great fear, crossing the street, and vinegar spray.

Local pet owner bloggers have recently taken issue with Darlinquest’s comment.

“That is absolutely outrageous,” claims blogger dogluver1555. “As the owner of several pets, and a prominent member of the pet owning community, I can assure you that pet owners by and large lack a sense of irony.”

Dogluver1555 is known for his intense allergy to dog fur.

“Furthermore, claims like that don’t take into account simple descriptor names, like “frisky,” “furry,” “red,” or “dog.”

In response to these comments, Harvard p.h.D candidates Marco Salisbury and Paulo Stake conducted a rapid big data analysis to find a proper regression model.

“It took a ton of red bull and a couple cases of beer,” Stake said, “but we got some pretty conclusive evidence.”

Salisbury revealed a model at 12:15am to the Internet, showing a graph that only upper level academics could understand.

“It’s actually very simple, and thoroughly damning,” Salisbury claimed.

“Pet names like Fluffy, Sparky, or Nibbles were far less deadly than names like He Who Must Not Be Named or Harbinger.” Salisbury stated, jittering a little.

As this was a Harvard study, PhDs from other Ivy leagues quickly posted another 32 studies attempting to disprove its validity.

However, after intense all-night research, the host of slapdash studies found curiously conclusive evidence:

It turns out that psychologically, people do have an inbuilt sense of irony, especially when naming pets.

To this, dogluver1555 simply tweeted, “I don’t ):/”

Ironically enough, this naming system has guaranteed that in fact, unless pet naming culture changes, future hurricane names, unlike pet names, will no longer be ironic.

This was a response to the following post on hurricanes:

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/06/02/female-named-hurricanes-kill-more-than-male-because-people-dont-respect-them-study-finds/

Final Weekend of the Immortal Jellyfish, Scripts are now available!

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Couple of big items this week!  The Immortal Jellyfish performs its last weekend at the FallFRINGE!  Check out Alex Alferov, Johnny Day, and Mary Myers as they rock the socks off this new, original script… that I wrote!  Holy moly!

Speaking of new and original scripts, the Immortal Jellyfish is available for purchase online at http://blur.by/1eMxxa1!  Follow that link  to nab your copy of the World Premiere Edition of the Immortal Jellyfish!

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The Ultimate Halloween Hangover Cure

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…Is The Immortal Jellyfish!

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90% water, 5% comedy, 5% wonder-drama, this stuff will have you up and sounding intelligent to friends and relations faster than scrambled embryos and microwaved fat cells!

…Graphic.

Our next sci-fi rom-dram hits The Shop at Fort Fringe this afternoon at 1:00pm! Be there by 12:45 to get solid seats… they don’t let folks in late!

The address is 607 New York Ave NW. Tickets are $15 with a Fringe button, or $20 without. If you hate cash purchases, you can buy tickets online anytime before [EDIT:]11:00am at https://www.capitalfringe.org/fallfringe-2013/shows/265-the-immortal-jellyfish

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Jellyfish and e-Book-ery

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So, the fun thing about publicizing my own show and book is what happens when I look at making an e-book…   ebook image     And what I’ve found from several sources is that you can make really interesting productions out of these things!  Now, I’m used to an ‘e-book’ being a digital rendition of  a book, but I was definitely wrong! “More Movie Than Book” In her 2011 article, “Are e-Books Any Good?” Lisa Guernsey discusses the impact of e-books on children’s learning, and while I ignored the quagmire of benefit versus bane to education, I just kept getting increasingly fascinated by the descriptions of what e-books could do! “huge, easily readable words, brilliant graphics, and an engaging recorded-voice narrator.” Uh. Please and thank you. I was already planning on making DVDs of my show.  I was also planning on publishing hard copies of my play.  But if I could make a published DVD-audio-book of my play?  How cool would that be?! Snap Back to Reality Now, the world premiere of The Immortal Jellyfish opens in just 7 days, so I have a lot of work on my plate already.  We’ve got lights, projections, sound, a set, some props, costumes, and actors to work with in our upcoming tech week.  Holy hannah. All that said, as appealing as an e-book is, I don’t think I’ll have it ready for the run of the show.  But something tells me that after show, after the DVDs are made and the scripts are delivered to Kickstarter backers, there may well be an e-book in the works. The Immortal Jellyfish will premiere Nov. 1 at 607 New York Ave NW, Washington DC at Fort Fringe – The Shop as part of the fallFRINGE.

Immortal Jellyfish at the FallFRINGE!

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Hello Interwebs!

It’s Keegan Cassady, your friendly neighborhood playwright.  I wanted to let you know that I’m producing my second self-written work, The Immortal Jellyfish through Avalanche Theatre Company as part of the FallFRINGE.

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Having lost his closest friend, Will is obsessed with finding a cure for death, and the answer just might lie in the genes of the immortal jellyfish.  But his fellow scientists have other ideas….

The show performs at:

Fort Fringe – The Shop

607 New York Ave NW

Washington, DC 20001

During the Festival, the Box Office at Fort Fringe will be open starting one hour before each day’s first performance – times are available below and at: https://www.capitalfringe.org/fallfringe-2013/box-office

Friday, November 1, 6:30-7:45

Saturday, Nov 2, 1:00pm to 2:15pm

Friday, Nov 8, 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Saturday, Nov 9, 3:30 to 4:45pm

Saturday, Nov 16, 10:00PM to 11:15 PM

Sunday, Nov 17, 1:00PM too 2:15PM

Under the direction of Kristen Pilgrim and featuring Alex Alferov, Johnny Day, and Mary Myers, this sci-fi thriller explores the epic of Gilgamesh through the lens of modern genetics.  With Kate Lee designing our costumes, Tim Nielsen developing our soundscape, and Kathryn Dooley stage managing, our production is attempting to create a clean, clear and complete world meshing science and myth.

We’d like to invite you to take part in our latest adventure, starting this November in Washington, DC.

Tickets are $15 with a $5 fringe button, and are currently available at the Capital Fringe site; https://www.capitalfringe.org/fallfringe-2013/shows/265-the-immortal-jellyfish

Tickets are also available by phone, calling 866.811.4111.

Thank you all for your support – I look forward to seeing you at the show!

-Keegan Cassady

Playwright, The Immortal Jellyfish

B: Bloom

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In preparation for The Immortal Jellyfish at the Capital Fringe, The Jellyfish alphabet continues!

Bloom:

Drifters-in-the-sea: salps bloom off the coast of New Zealand. Credit: Seacology

Drifters-in-the-sea: salps bloom off the coast of New Zealand. Credit: Seacology

A flock of seagulls.  A bunch of bananas.  A parliament of rooks.

Groups of animals have curious names.  Some make a pack, some a pride, but Jellyfish bloom.   Like a cherry blossom festival, but with carnivorous, occasionally immortal, hydrozoans.

While a flock or a bunch might contain some tens of members, jellyfish blooms number in the thousands and millions.

To be fair, jellyfish are much smaller than other species, and blooms form only on a seasonal basis.

As discussed in the Anatomy post, jellyfish are more stomach than brain.  Some contend that jellyfish lack the sentience to intentional cluster into groups, so the size of blooms depends on water temperature, salinity of water, and ocean currents.   Because jellyfish are more adaptable to salinity and temperature than many of their competitors and predators, the sizes of their blooms may only grow larger, season by season.

Tomorrow’s post will be on C: Cytosine.

For more on The Immortal Jellyfish premiering as part of the FallFRINGE, check out our show page!

Thanks for reading!

-K

A: Anatomy

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A: Anatomy

What is the anatomy of an immortal jellyfish?

As a multi-stage organism, the jellyfish’s anatomy changes through its life cycle.
Beginning as a polyp, the immortal jellyfish is formed as a polyp in a colony of such forms, called hydroids. These hydroids have stolons to connect them to their resident surface, and upright branches which bloom medusa buds, which eventually are released from the main colony.
The immortal jellyfish’s medusa form can reach an even 4.5 millimeter diameter, making a circular bell shape. This bell is made of a jelly, or mesoglea, covered by two layers of epidermis (like a peanut-butter jelly sandwich, minus the peanut butter). This mesoglea is somewhat thicker at its topmost part, and replaces a respiratory system in that the ‘skin’ of the jellyfish is thin enough for diffusion to deliver oxygen to the body. Also contained in the skin of the jellyfish is its nervous system, a kind of ‘nerve-net’ starting at the ‘rophalial lappet,’ the ring around the base of the jellyfish’s bell. This jelly-skin encapsulates a bright red, cross-shaped organ called a manubrium. The manubrium is a mixture of stomach and mouth, where a stalk protruding from the bell’s interior dangles down to a mouth at its base. The mouth opens into a gastrovascular cavity, which digests nutrients for the rest of the body. The smaller renditions of this creature have but eight tentacles, whereas the larger, older specimens have ten times that number.

Today’s the Day!

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Voodoo Macbeth: Magic, Madness, and Murder

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Coming up soon: I play Lennox in The Voodoo Macbeth with TACT!  We’re performing at Gunston Theatre 2 in Arlington, VA.

 

This show is pretty cool – it’s like the original Macbeth, only with Even More Magic.  Hekate’s a bigger character, and the witches appear more frequently, or rather… well… okay:

What I really enjoy about it is that, in our rendition, the combination of roles means that the witches are playing multiple characters.  This leads to the question: are the witches the base character (the root of the other onstage manifestations) or are they a character which imposes itself over another base ( maybe possession, maybe inner id, what have you, take your pick…)?

For our rendition, the witches are not their own base, but more a state of being (to see how we get there, you’ll have to see the show!).  What I love about this is that my base character is a priest.  This means that the witchery he undergoes deals a good deal with a crisis of faith, with the question of prayer versus magic, and from there, the question of madness.  What happens to him in the work, you’ll have to see to know…

I have had a fantastic building this character.  I invite you all to come see me perform, starting the 22nd of March.  Tickets are on sale here!

 

Thanks again for reading!